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Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

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Release Date:07/03/2018
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Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen Faraday, a German cabaret singer in the States whose husband, Ned, falls ill and his only hope is to receive expensive medical treatment at a clinic in Europe. Struggling to afford his care and to support their son Johnny, she works at a nightclub and succumbs to the advances of wealthy playboy Nick, whose gifts assist in her husband's recovery. Soon Ned recovers and returns, but when he discovers that Helen has been unfaithful, he divorces her, threatening to take their son. After running with little Johnny, she ends up a prostitute in New Orleans, where she is found by the detective hired by Ned. The boy is taken from her and Helen flees to Paris where she becomes a cabaret sensation. Upon witnessing a performance, Nick begins seeing her again and when the show moves to NYC, he secures a meeting between her and her ex -- who is finally made aware of the motivation behind her affair years before. This is the feature containing the well-known scenes where Dietrich performs stage numbers in an ape-suit and a white tuxedo (complete with top hat).~Kristie Hassen

Features

"I'll It Isn't Pain," a song removed from The Devil Is a Woman

New 2k or 4k digital restoration of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks

New Interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King; Director Josef von Sternberg's son, Nicholas; Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronnenburg; and Costume Designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis

New documentary about actor Marlene Dietrich's German origins, featuring film scholars Gerd Gemünden and NOah Isenberg

New documentary on Dietrich's status as a feminist icon, featuring flm scholars Mary Desjarden, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White

New video essay by critics Cristina Alvarez Lopez and Adrian Martin

Plus: A book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme

Television interview from 1971 with Dietrich

The Fashion Side of Hollywood, a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and Costume Designer Travis Banton

The Legonnaire and the Lady, a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable